Statuette of a Seated Cat
Although initially depicted as a lioness, the goddess Bastet was later represented as a cat. Because the dominant orientation of Egyptian written language requires hieroglyphs of humans and animals to face right, cats’ tails are always depicted on the cat’s right side, in both two- and three-dimensional images.
- Medium: Bronze
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-342 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty-XXX Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 5 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.1 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 78.243
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Statuette of a Seated Cat, ca. 664-342 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.1 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck, 78.243. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: One bronze figurine of a cat. A wadjet eye amulet is incised on the neck and a sacred beetle in raised relief on forehead; both ears pierced; hollow cast. Condition: Gash down right side from face to back, continuing to behind crown of head, belly and rear of front paws incrusted.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)